An eight-foot-tall wooden idol from the Iron Age has been uncovered by archaeologists during work on the N5 Road Project in western Ireland, Roscommon County Council announced on Sunday. Excavations carried out by Archaeological Management Solutions (AMS) revealed the humanoid carving in Roscommon bog.
The Gortnacrannagh Idol, as the find has been dubbed, is a 1,600-year-old pagan sculpture cut from the split trunk of an oak tree. It is thought to have been ritually deposited in the wetlands. In addition to the idol, researchers discovered animal remains and a ritualistic dagger, suggesting that the site may have been used for animal sacrifice for the worship of a pagan deity.